Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2010 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No more jaggies in Starcraft 2 for AMD GPU users with the release of the Catalyst 10.7 beta as Anti-Aliasing is now supported at the driver level. For those like Ryan playing on a six screen EyeFinity setup this is a huge improvement even though it is also a huge performance hit. Drop by to grab yours, but remember that this is a BETA, not a WHQL driver so you may find some bugs that haven't been fully ironed out yet.
Galaxy takes on the GTX 460
Galaxy has a slightly overclocked GeForce GTX 260 1GB card on the table today that sells for about the same price as the reference speed cards today. Of course, we didn't leave good enough alone and pushed the clocks quite a bit more without a problem. And can dual GTX 460s over take the GTX 480 in terms of performance per dollar?
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2010 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since having only nVIDIA Surround on a machine with a pair of GTX480's doesn't allow you to compare the real differences between nVIDIA and AMD's multiple monitor solutions [H]ard|OCP is upgrading one of their machines with an ASUS ROG Matrix 5870 Platinum. Drop by to see a video of it in action along with a few hints as to how powerful (and over
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 27, 2010 - 10:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
Today should have been a good day for NVIDIA - StarCraft II was released and only their cards support anti-aliasing out of the gate AND the new Fermi-based Quadro graphics offer a significant jump in performance over previous generation parts and AMD's FirePro options. Apple apparently had other plans though and has updated its entire line of iMac and Mac Pro computers with a collection of new hardware that apparently leaves NVIDIA out in the cold.
The New Quadro Lineup
The new NVIDIA Quadro 5000 professional graphics card finally brings the Fermi GPU to the world it was originally designed for: content creators. Even though a whole new line of parts is being introduced it is really the 5000 model that will see the brunt of attention with a modest (!!) $2250 price tag. Performance might lag in gaming (clocks and specs are under a GTX 465) but in the world of CAD, design, animation and more the NVIDIA card has the edge over AMD's FirePro line.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 27, 2010 - 01:32 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you haven't checked out my wicked-awesome StarCraft II Performance Review, you definitely should, and where the hell have you been? The game is out now so you might already have it in your system, but now you should be even more interested in my results and the news we have for you tonight.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 26, 2010 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs took a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 Super-Mainboard and attached two different sets of GPUs for testing, four Radeon HD 5870s in one case and three GTX 480s in the second. This board sports a pair of Nvidia NF200-SLI chips so there are plenty of PCIe lanes to go around and with the addition of a Xigmatek 1500W PSU to the installed Zalman 1000W PSU there is 2.5 kilowatts of power available for the system. While the results in and of themselves are inc
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2010 - 05:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD's Gaming Evolved program is finally launching during the Comic-con event in San Diego. PC Perspective first saw the fruits of this developer and consumer campaign during GDC where AMD detailed its targets for innovation, industry standards and development support for gaming. The triple-headed goal for the program is summed up nicely with this Venn diagram:
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 20, 2010 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte HD 5770 Super Overclockhas two rather hefty claims that it needs to match, the first is the claim that this card is 13% better than a stock HD 5770 and the second is that it is 4.3% better than a GTX 260. It's GPU is clocked 50MHz higher than the reference card at 900MHz but the memory remains unchanged at 4.8GHz effective, so on paper it does not look terribly impressive. [H]ard|OCP did manage a better overclock with som